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Health Professions: Training

Department of Health written question – answered on 28th November 2014.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses (i) began and (ii) completed their qualifications in each of the last 20 years.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

There are 1,300 more full time equivalent nurses in the NHS than in 2010 and 8,300 more full time equivalent doctors.

The NHS is responsible for determining the number of places to make available for pre-registration nurse training in England. Since April 2013, Health Education England has held this responsibility. The following table provides information on the number of pre-registration nurse training places that were filled in each year since 1996. The Department does not hold data prior to this date.

Year

Number of places

Year

Number of places

Year

Number of places

1996-97

14,325

2002-03

21,523

2008-09

20,664

1997-98

15,743

2003-04

22,815

2009-10

20,829

1998-99

16,837

2004-05

23,377

2010-11

20,092

1999-2000

17,692

2005-06

20,308

2011-12

17,741

2000-01

18,923

2006-07

21,199

2012-13

17,219

2001-02

20,610

2007-08

19,352

2013-14

17,568

Source: Data provided to the Department of Health by the commissioners of pre-registration training

The Department does not hold information on the number of students completing nurse training.

The Department does not hold information on the number of students starting and completing their medical degrees. This information is available from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

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